A 2015 study demonstrated that exposure to cold temperatures can encourage your white fat – the kind that is prone to storing calories – to behave similarly to brown fat. Brown fat is capable of generating heat and increasing the overall number of calories you burn.
Make the cold work to your advantage by shivering – a movement caused by involuntary muscle contractions. These small contractions automatically increase calorie burn. Surprisingly, it is believed that 10 to 15 minutes of consistent shivering is capable of burning as many calories as an hour of mild exercise.
Enjoying time with friends increases happiness which in turn increases the amount of serotonin produced by your body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that acts as a natural mood stabilizer. This boost in mood will help fight off the winter blues that can lead to comfort eating and weight gain.
4. Drink a Glass of Cold Water
Consuming cold water requires your body to burn additional calories in order to counteract the colder temperature. This is an effortless way to burn calories and, as a bonus, it keeps you hydrated to decrease cravings and increase your overall health.
Walking, although often underrated, is an excellent form of exercise that is simple to do and can be completed anywhere as long as you have a pair of comfortable shoes. If there is snow on the ground, this will force you to work harder to complete your walk and therefore will burn more calories.
Wearing bulky layers forces your body to put in extra effort when moving around. This additional effort will help you naturally burn more calories without realizing it.
Consider enjoying a comforting bowl of hot soup, preferably full of vegetables, as a healthy winter meal. Vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and ample amounts of fiber. Fiber helps the digestive process runs smoothly, boosts weight loss, helps keep you satisfied, and even protects against certain types of cancer.
All in all, there are a variety of almost effortless ways to lose weight by spring. Consider adding one or more of the suggestions above to your lifestyle to reveal a healthier, slimmer body before spring hits.